I haven’t done an official update since I originally posted about growing out my coloured hair to my natural grey – or whatever was hidden under all that colour.
It’s been 14 months since I last coloured my hair.
Here’s a picture of what it looked like last July or August, about 7 or 8 months into the growing-out journey. We had family pictures done. In a few of the shots you could really see my hair growing out. At first I felt kind of disappointed with how noticeable it was, but at the same time I also really loved how the silver was growing in.
(Our family photos were done by Mela Photography who also did Jonas’ newborn photos back in the day.)
Now here’s a lousy selfie I took just now to show what my hair looks like today, 14 months after I last coloured my hair. There are parts of my hair that have more silver than leftover old colour. The dark brown has faded quite a lot in the last 14 months so I feel like the silver and my natural light brown/dark blonde hair colour is blending a lot nicer than it was originally.
(PS I actually did my hair and makeup today because I was running errands. Bonus!)
I’ve gotten quite a lot of compliments on how my hair looks with the natural silver coming in. I’ve had some women tell me that I’ve inspired them to do the same. That’s pretty cool. I also had someone tell me I was ‘so brave’. Yeah, hearing that comment was a bit weird to me.
Here’s the thing about letting my naturally curly hair grow out. Those silver hairs are wiry! And my hair is already so curly and coarse to begin with. You can see in that selfie just how wild those silver hairs can get. They have a mind of their own. Even so, I don’t regret growing out my hair in the least. I didn’t end up chopping off a bunch of hair to make the awkward stage better. I just embraced it and owned it. It’s only a year’s time in my entire life to have less than perfect hair. I handled it alright, I think.
I’m also really glad I didn’t try to lighten my hair all over with the ‘granny grey’ trend to help ‘blend’ it all in. My natural silver hair isn’t coming in all over, but kind of like highlights. I can’t even imagine how weird it would have looked to let my natural grow in after lightening all over. Also, my hair would have been fried.
Has anyone else embraced going au naturel? Loving it? Hating it? Some of you commented and shared your experiences on my last post about grey hair. Would love to hear more of your stores!